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50 years ago: News expected on railway car ferry


35 years ago April 25, 1974 – Municipality of Digby councillors were complaining that the Digby area was unable to receive radio and television news broadcasts from Nova Scotia and had to depend on New Brunswick broadcasts.

Admiral Digby Museum is looking for help identifying people in this long-ago photo of Digby Courier staff. The woman at back with the arrow over her head is Maggie Trask.

Admiral Digby Library and Historical Society reported at its annual meeting that the library had 3,752 books. During 1973, the library’s 1,774 patrons had borrowed books 12, 493 times. The society re-elected Judge John Nichols as president.

Annapolis Basin Tourist and Recreation Council expressed displeasure at the price being charged to use the ferry ‘Princess of Acadia’. The cost for a car and two passengers to cross the Bay of Fundy was $25.50.

The council also expressed the hope that a marina would be established in the Digby-Annapolis area.

Thirty-eight young skaters in eight classes participated in the Digby Figure Skating Club’s end-of-season competition.

Digby student Phyllis Essex was one of 20 Nova Scotia high school students selected to attend the Canadian Studies Forum being held in Halifax. Five hundred students from across Canada were attending the forum to discuss the theme, ‘Canada’s Future’.

At the Little Cinema was the movie ‘Run Stranger, Run’, one of the few feature movies made in Nova Scotia. It had been shot largely in the Lunenburg area the previous year and starred Ron Howard (soon to gain fame in ‘Happy Days’), Bobby Darin, Cloris Leachman and Patricia Neal. 50 years ago April 23, 1959 – J.C. McCuaig, general manager of the Dominion Atlantic Railway, said an announcement on a railcar ferry between Digby and Saint John could be expected within two months.

Mayor Victor Cardoza officially opened the ninth annual Digby Music Festival. Adjudicator was Leonard Mayoh, conductor of the Halifax Chorale Society.

The federal justice department said it had approved purchase of a site for the new headquarters of the Digby RCMP detachment. Work on the building would begin in the 1960-61 fiscal year.

The Winslow High School band from Waterville, Me., earned prolonged applause in its performance at Digby Regional High School. The band was accompanied by a majorette corps who also performed during several numbers.

The Walt Disney film ‘Tonka’, starring Sal Mineo, was playing at the Capitol Theatre. 60 years ago April 21, 1949 – Frank Raymond, star forward of the Digby Ravens hockey team, was awarded the Tufts Trophy as the team’s most valuable player. Raymond, who broke his ankle late in the season during a game with the Kentville Wildcats, was the unanimous choice of judges, said trophy presenter Dr. E.H. Anderson, president of the Digby Recreation Commission.

There was an outbreak of influenza in the area and a quarter of the school students were absent. The situation was worsened by a number of cases of mumps and measles.

The province’s department of trade and industry was running a major advertising campaign encouraging people to buy Nova Scotia products, and “keep the wheels of industry turning with your purchases.”

One local industry that was looking for customers was Ditmars and McNeil Ltd. in Deep Brook. It urged people to record their voices or their playing of instruments, and said the results could “be played on any record player.”

John Mills and Valerie Hobson were the stars of ‘Great Expectations’, which was playing at the Capitol Theatre.

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